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Information on managing incubation, biosecurity, air distribution and farm lighting for egg, meat chicken and turkey industries. Tips on proper handling of eggs and small-scale poultry housing and ammonia monitoring.

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Biosecurity Signs
Biosecurity Signs - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Signs

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Louise Byler

Examples of biosecurity signs that can be posted at animal farms/facilities to reduce the risk of importing/transmitting disease. More
Psychrometric Chart Use
Psychrometric Chart Use - Articles Articles

Psychrometric Chart Use

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

A psychrometric chart presents properties of air in a graphical format useful for troubleshooting greenhouse or livestock building environmental problems. More
Although an instrument that provides velocity reading, shown here, is highly useful, a simple small streamer can also help troubleshoot.
Make Your Own Ceiling Inlet Air Speed Monitors - Articles Articles

Make Your Own Ceiling Inlet Air Speed Monitors

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Ventilation inlet air speed monitors described here are a cheap and easy way to assess proper ventilation in livestock buildings. More
Ventilating Greenhouse Livestock Barns
Ventilating Greenhouse Livestock Barns - Articles Articles

Ventilating Greenhouse Livestock Barns

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Effective natural ventilation of a greenhouse barn uses properly positioned openings with unobstructed air flow inside the building. More
Selecting Rated Ventilation Fans
Selecting Rated Ventilation Fans - Articles Articles

Selecting Rated Ventilation Fans

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

This article explains how to select an agricultural ventilation fan for the conditions under which it will be operating in a livestock or greenhouse setting. More
Organic poultry house with sidewall eave and ceiling inlets.
Inlets for Mechanical Ventilation Systems in Animal Housing - Articles Articles
Properly designed and functioning ventilation inlet openings are key for achieving comfortable, fresh air conditions in farm animal housing. More
Self-Adjusting Baffle Inlet to Improve Air Distribution
Self-Adjusting Baffle Inlet to Improve Air Distribution - Articles Articles

Self-Adjusting Baffle Inlet to Improve Air Distribution

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D., Dan McFarland

This article explains how to improve ventilation in animal buildings through a self-adjusting baffle inlet. More
Examples of pull tube with pump for gas concentration detection.
Ammonia Monitoring in Barns Using Simple Instruments - Articles Articles

Ammonia Monitoring in Barns Using Simple Instruments

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

This article describes simple relatively-inexpensive instruments for detecting ammonia gas concentration in animal housing to assure proper air quality. More
Penn State Helps Turkey Farmer Blaze Path
Penn State Helps Turkey Farmer Blaze Path - Videos Videos
Penn State poultry scientists help a turkey producer reduce energy costs while enhancing animal well-being and environmental sustainability. More
Successfully Raising a Small Flock of Laying Chickens
Successfully Raising a Small Flock of Laying Chickens - Articles Articles
Raising a small chicken flock for egg production in the backyard has increased in popularity. More
Small Scale Poultry Housing
Small Scale Poultry Housing - Articles Articles
Small scale poultry coops seem to be built in almost every possible shape and size. Many existing buildings can easily be adapted to accommodate poultry. More
Prevention of Egg Eating in Chickens
Prevention of Egg Eating in Chickens - Articles Articles
Egg eating by hens is a habit which is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to break. It is important you manage your facilities so the hens never taste a broken egg. More
Poultry Cannibalism: Prevention and Treatment
Poultry Cannibalism: Prevention and Treatment - Articles Articles
Cannibalism in fowl is a costly and vicious habit that poultry producers cannot afford to ignore. More
Hot Weather Management of Poultry
Hot Weather Management of Poultry - Articles Articles
During the summer it is very important for poultry producers to be mindful of the effects warmer temperatures can have on their flocks. More
Inlets Essential to Tunnel Ventilation Success Inlets Essential to Tunnel Ventilation Success - Articles
Properly sized inlets – located to supply uniform distribution throughout the animal space – are essential to provide a more comfortable space for cows and poultry. More
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